Monday, January 23, 2006

Dell lead the way in promoting the Welsh language


I sometimes think it would be a good plan for public organisations in Wales to send out correspondance in Welsh only and offer a English version on request (rather than the other way round), as this might be a good way of measuring the demand for services in Welsh - and also ti would give non-Welsh speakers a glimpse of what service Welsh speakers currently recieve. This would obviously upset a few people.

Well, Dell have made a start at least (even if it's unintentional) by sending out computers with the Welsh version of Windows XP set as the default. This has caused problems (apart from the obvious):
Dell computers sold in the UK as of late 2005 ship with a new Windows XP SP2 OEM version, which has the language set to Welsh by default. This setting causes Photoshop and the Editor of Photoshop Elements to freeze.

Although it's a rather funny story and the probllem is easily solved, it does raise the question of how many programmes aren't going to work with the Welsh version of XP?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Dell!

As for how many other programmes Welsh might freeze up - it's long been the experience of users of the big M type progs that they freeze up & give you the 'blue screen of death' whatever language you use them in - even English(US)!


1/25/2006 9:12 am  
Blogger Rhys Wynne said...

I'm realiably informed that the Welsh version works just as well as the English version - i.e. it crashes just as often ;-)

1/25/2006 11:34 am  

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